INSPORTS to donate $500,000 worth spikes to champion school

first_imgThe Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) will be continuing its initiative to develop track and field in Junior High Schools with the annual staging of the popular INSPORTS Junior High Athletics Championships from April 13-15.The meet, to be held for the second consecutive year at the National Stadium East, will see some 2,000 athletes vying for top honours.Through its regular coaching seminars, the government-run sports agency recognised the necessity for a constant supply of sporting equipment to enhance proper development at this level and as such, they have allocated $500,000 for the purchasing of spikes for the champions.”We’re going to give the winning school half a million dollars’ worth of running spikes,” said Ian Andrews, administrative director, INSPORTS.”That will go towards their development. If they want to keep them or give them to the athletes, it’s up to them,” he added.Andrews noted that their aim is to increase participation on a national scale.”We only have 22 schools participating,” he pointed out. “The number of schools have been dwindling because many have been upgraded to high schools.”Hopefully with this initiative, next year, we will be able to attract other schools from outside the Corporate Area and St Catherine. Right now, Osborne Store is the only school outside Kingston and St Catherine that will be participating,” he observed.In keeping with that plan, the INSPORTS administrative director said they have formed a union with the heads of institutions.PARTNERSHIP WITH PRINCIPALS”We’ve developed a partnership with the principals with a view of developing the meet and, hopefully, they will spread the word and influence other principals for their schools to take part at the meet,” said Andrews, who listed more plans to increase popularity.”We’ll be going into the schools to try to sensitise them between now and next week. We’ll be looking to highlight the top athletes, who invariably will end up going to high schools,” he noted.The majority of those athletes are generally fielded by Windward Road Junior High and John Mills Junior High, which have dominated the championships.During the recent staging, Windward Road successfully defended their title ahead of John Mills, the many-time champions.The top teams prepare at the National Stadium East and meet director, Maureen Chin-Miller, said expectations are high because a larger portion of the student body will now contribute to the overall outcome.”So far, it’s looking good, we’re getting everything in place,” she said about their preparedness.”What has heightened the competition is because we’ve added the primary school component as well.”Windward Road and John Mills will be renewing their rivalry again, and it should be very exciting,” said Chin-Miller.last_img read more

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Several BJD leaders under CBI scanner: Soren

first_imgBaripada (Odisha), Dec 3 (PTI) Dubbing the Odisha government as “anti-tribal,” former Jharkhand Chief Minister and JMM leader Hemant Soren today alleged that several BJD leaders were under the scanner of CBI in the multi-crore chit fund scam.”While Mayurbhanj MP and BJD leader Rama Chandra Hansda was in jail after being arrested by CBI in chit fund scam, another party MP from Balasore Rabindanath Jena had been under the scanner of the investigating agency,” he said at JMMs Kranti Samabesh here.Alleging that a number of BJD leaders were involved in the chit fund scam, Soren called upon people to vote JMM in the ensuing three tier panchayat elections.The former Jharkhand Chief Minister also criticised the Odisha govenrments “anti-tribal policy” and said adivasis were being exploited by the present government as its “leader work for the benefit of mines owners.”The people are not getting any benefit from mining activities in Mayurbhanj district, he alleged.Soren also slammed Odishas Sports and Youth Affairs minister Sudam Marndi, who joined BJD after quiting JMM ahead of the 2014 general elections.”Sudam has brought disgrace for the tribal community by giving his daughter married to a non-tribal family,” he said.The JMM leader also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for demonetisation.”Poor, tribal and villagers are victims of Modis demonetisation scheme. The poor people living in forests are unable to exchange their old currency notes as they do not have accounts in banks,” he said. PTI CORR AAM SUS AQS LNSlast_img read more

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Under-pressure Mourinho defends Martial move after Hammer blow

first_imgLondon, Sep 29 (AFP) Jose Mourinho defended his decision to play Anthony Martial instead Alexis Sanchez after a 3-1 loss away to West Ham on Saturday condemned Manchester United to a third defeat in seven Premier League games — their worst start to a domestic campaign in nearly 30 years.United have 10 points from seven league games, the last time they started worse was in 1989/90, in the old First Division, though they also collected just 10 points in the first seven games of David Moyes’ ill-fated reign. This latest reverse added to the pressure on under-fire manager Mourinho.”For many months people are asking for Martial,” Mourinho told BT Sport about his choice of attackers. “This week it was time to agree and to say let’s give a chance to Martial and let’s leave Alexis out.”United, who kicked off eight points adrift of leaders Liverpool, were behind as early as the fifth minute at the London Stadium, when Anderson opened the scoring for West Ham.And they were 2-0 down before half-time when Andriy Yarmalenko’s shot from inside the box deflected off Victor Lindelof for an own-goal.Barely 60 seconds after midfielder Paul Pogba — whose stand-off with Mourinho during a training session earlier this week featured heavily on social media — was substituted, United cut the deficit through Marcus Rashford’s 71st-minute goal.But hopes this might spark a major recovery by the visitors were soon dashed when Marko Arnautovic — who played under Mourinho at Inter Milan — restored the Hammers’ two-goal lead three minutes later.advertisement- ‘Killed our mentality’ -==========================Mourinho said West Ham’s first goal had been offside but admitted United had not been “aggressive” enough in defence in the lead-up to the Hammers’ second before adding the referee was at fault prior to Arnautovic’s strike for not penalising a foul on Rashford.”We are not aggressive and intense enough to close that shot,” Mourinho said when asked about the Lindelof own-goal. An offside goal and an own goal.The Portuguese boss added: “The third goal killed our mentality because the referee did not see the foul before.”Nevertheless, Mourinho insisted: “I have no complaints with the players’ attitude. You have always to try, that’s my nature as a football professional.”However, former United defender Rio Ferdinand accused Mourinho’s men of a lack of effort and said questions remained over the former Chelsea manager’s future at Old Trafford.”As a footballer your DNA is about hard work and effort,” said Ferdinand, now a pundit with BT Sport.”I didn’t see that today,” added the former England centre-half, who began his career at West Ham.And a concerned Ferdinand insisted: “There are some big decisions to be made at United now. There will be conversations at the top level, about the future of the manager and the squad, because the basics are not being done. There has to be something said.”Victory saw West Ham continue to climb the table after starting the season with four straight league defeats under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.Arnautovic was in no doubt the Hammers had earned their victory.”We have to do our job and we did it excellently, and that is why we deserved to win,” he said.As for Mourinho, Arnautovic added: “I have nothing to say. I look at my team, whatever the other team is doing is not our stuff.”(AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

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